Dedra Johnson's fourth grade class isn't like most others. This one is small, but to the teacher, the size is a perfect fit.
"It's a great advantage, because we get to do a lot more one on one with students and help them with their individual needs," she told us. "And that's great."
This is how most of the classes are at Glenville Christian Academy in Tattnall County. It's pre-school through 12th grade, with fewer than 200 students. No matter what grade she's teaching, Johnson says she loves her job. And her years of experience prove that.
"Twenty-two years," she said. "I taught 16 years in public school and then I started in Christian school."
She's taught in Wayne and Liberty Counties, plus a few years in Kentucky. And in each location, her teaching philosophy has remained. Class participation is crucial.
"It gives each individual a chance to not just hear it, but to be involved," Johnson said. "And that's really important to me, that they're all involved."
And for her involvement, Dedra Johnson is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
Sadly, this is Johnson's last week at Glenville Christian Academy. She and her husband are moving to Kentucky, where he plans to pursue a career in the ministry.
If you'd like to nominate a Top Teacher, you can download an application form here and send it to us at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or fax it to (912) 231-9109.